‘Include cultural studies in educational system’

Very Rev. FatherGosu (third from left) Mrs. Bour-Donkor(fourth from left) Mr. Francis Ahiafor, Board Member and some of the students admiring the anniversary logo after the unveiling.

Very Rev. FatherGosu (third from left) Mrs. Bour-Donkor(fourth from left) Mr. Francis Ahiafor, Board Member and some of the students admiring the anniversary logo after the unveiling.

The government has been called upon to include cultural studies in country’s educational system to enable students develop the skills to deal with the challenges around them.

 

The Assistant Secretary General of National Catholic Secretariat, Very Rev. Father Wisdom Larweh, who made the call said “Ghana’s education appears to have been detached from the culture of the people, this is a clear disservice to the people. It needs to be reversed to make knowledge relevant and help students assert themselves as Ghanaians.

 

He was delivering the homily at the launch of the 20th anniversary celebration of Our Lady of Mercy Senior High school here.

 

The celebration to be climaxed March 2019 would be under the theme: “Overcoming Challenges, Building Resilience and Sustaining Excellence.”

 

The school was established in 1999 by the Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church under the able leadership of Rev. Father Francis Beemsteboer, the Parish Priest, to help students develop mental, physical, spiritual, moral and cultural potentials so that they can contribute positively to development of the country.

 

Very Rev. Father Larweh bemoaned the uncertainty and instability between educational reforms proposed by different government in the recent past at the SHS level which moved the duration to four years or brought it down to three years.

 

That according to him stampeded the educational system and did not provide a sound environment for teaching and learning, academic excellence and hoped that future reforms would involve all stakeholders with the provision of adequate resources to ensure sustainability.

 

He urged the students and staff to emulate the good example of other schools and work hard to overcome all obstacles.

 

The Member of Parliament for Tema East Constituency, Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, commended the Catholic Church for its immense contribution to education in the country.

 

The Headmistress of OLAMS SHS, Mrs. Janet Bour-Donkor, paid a glowing tribute to the founding fathers and all those whose efforts had brought the school to its current development.

 

She urged parents to support their children who gain admission into senior high school by providing them with their basic needs to make teaching and learning effective.

 

Mrs Bour-Donkor enumerated lack of adequate classrooms and offices space, lack of computers to equip the Information Communication Technology laboratory and disturbances by churches around the school which distracts students during classes hours as some of the challenges facing the school.

 

The school has 831 students in forms two and three and it is currently admitting form one students. In all 400 students would be admitted in form one.

 

Mrs Bour-Donkor said most of the students placed in form one had not yet reported adding, no allocation was made for the visual Arts portal in the computerised schools selection and placement system this year.

 

As part of the launch the Dean of theTema- Battor Deanery, Very Rev. Father Emmanuel Gosu, Mr Francis Ahiafor, a Board Member of the school and Mrs Bour-Donkor, unveiled the 20th anniversary logo.

 From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.

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